<![CDATA[NBC New York - The Scene - Your Guide to July 4th Celebrations in NYC]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/the-sceneen-usSat, 19 Oct 2019 15:59:59 -0400Sat, 19 Oct 2019 15:59:59 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[How to Watch Macy's Fireworks Show Live Wherever You Are]]>487110211Tue, 02 Jul 2019 13:48:42 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fireworks+macy.jpg

The 43rd annual Macy's 4th of July fireworks show launching from the Brooklyn Bridge promises to be another spectacular display, with four barges catapulting tens of thousands of shells into the air during a two-hour special broadcast on NBC. 

Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Brad Paisley join the star-studded roster for the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular special on NBC, airing Thursday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET with an hour-long encore presentation to follow. Ciara and Derek Hough are the hosts for this year's event.   

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<![CDATA[Preview the Opening Scene of Macy's July 4th Fireworks Show]]>512115042Wed, 03 Jul 2019 15:00:11 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/2019_Macy_s_Fireworks_-_3D_demoNS_1280x720_1561935427782.jpg

Macy’s has released a 3D demo of the opening scene of the show off the Brooklyn Bridge. Check out the sneak preview above.]]>
<![CDATA[Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks to Launch From Brooklyn Bridge]]>509409571Tue, 02 Jul 2019 13:49:01 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Macy%27s_4th_of_July_Fireworks.jpg

The annual Macy’s 4th of July fireworks show will be launching from the Brooklyn Bridge this year.

The 43rd Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will launch from the Brooklyn Bridge and four barges along the lower East River, Macy’s said in a release Thursday.

The fireworks display will kick off around 9:20 p.m. on July 4. Last year, the fireworks launched from barges off of Midtown Manhattan.

“Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will light up the New York City skyline once again with the nation’s best and largest Independence Day celebration,” executive producer Susan Tercero said in a statement.

“We are excited to once again work with our partners in the City of New York to make the iconic Brooklyn Bridge the star of our show.”

The fireworks last launched from the Brooklyn Bridge in 2014, according to the release.



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<![CDATA[Best Spots to Watch 2019 Macy's 4th of July Fireworks]]>512054591Wed, 03 Jul 2019 09:27:09 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Macys+4th+of+July+Show.jpeg

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<![CDATA[10 Fourth of July Events You Won't Regret Going to in NY, NJ]]>511912582Mon, 01 Jul 2019 15:11:58 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/macys+fireworks+show+cropped+7.jpgThe Fourth of July may be an important national holiday but it is also a day filled with stress. People want to have the best plans and see the best fireworks. Look no further, these are 10 of the most exciting things to do for the Fourth in New York and New Jersey.

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<![CDATA[NYC Street Closures for 2019 Fourth of July Fireworks]]>512058061Mon, 01 Jul 2019 12:21:40 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/macys+fireworks2.jpg

The following streets will be closed Thursday for the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show:

Manhattan

• All streets included in the area bounded by Grand Street, Catherine Street/Slip, South Street/FDR Drive, East Broadway

• Allen Street between Division Street and Canal Street

• Battery Place between State Street and West Street

• Beekman Street between Pearl Street and South Street

• Broad Street between Water Street and South Street

• Dover Street between Pearl Street and South Street

• FDR Drive between Brooklyn Battery Underpass and Delancey Street (including exit/entrance ramps)

• Frankfort Street between Gold Street and Pearl Street

• Front Street between Old Slip and Dover Street

• Fulton Street between South Street and Gold Street

• Gold Street between Fulton Street and Frankfort Street

• Gouverneur Lane between Water Street and South Street

• John Street between Water Street and South Street

• Little Water Street between Fulton Street and Beekman Street

• Maiden Lane between Water Street and South Street

• Old Slip between Water Street and South Street

• Pearl Street between Fulton Street and St. James Place

• Peck Slip between Pearl Street and South Street

• Pike Street between Division Street and East Broadway

• Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between Pearl Street and South Street

• South Street between Whitehall Street and Jackson Street

• St. James Place between Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place and Oliver Street

• State Street between Whitehall Street and Battery Place

• Wall Street between Water Street and South Street

• Water Street between Whitehall Street and Dover Street

• West Street between Battery Place and West Thames Street

• Whitehall Street between Water Street and South Street

 

Brooklyn

• Adams Street between Tillary and Joralemon Streets

• Adams Street between York Street and John Street

• Atlantic Avenue between Furman Street and Flatbush Avenue

• Beard Street between Conover and Van Brunt Streets

• Coffey Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End

• Columbia Street between Atlantic Avenue and Degraw Street

• Conover Street between Pioneer Street and Dead End

• Degraw Street between Columbia and Van Brunt Streets

• Dikeman Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End

• Ferries Street between King and Van Dyke Streets

• Flatbush Avenue/Flatbush Avenue Extension between Tillary Street and Atlantic Avenue

• Front Street between Jay Street and Old Fulton Street

• Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue

• Henry Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue

• Hicks Street between Brooklyn Queens Expressway and Old Fulton Street

• Imlay Street between Summit and Pioneer Street

• Jay Street between York Street and Dead End

• John Street between Jay Street and Adams Street

• Joralemon Street between Furman Street and Adams Street

• King Street between Conover and Ferries Streets

• Main Street between Front Street and Plymouth Street

• Montague Street between Court Street to Montague Terrace

• Old Fulton Street between Cadman Plaza West and Furman Street

• Old Fulton Street between Hicks and Furman Streets

• Old Fulton Street/Cadman Plaza West/Court Street between Henry and Joralemon Streets

• Pearl Street between York Street and John Street

• Pioneer Street between Van Brunt and Conover Streets

• Plymouth Street between Adams Street and Main Street

• Reed Street between Conover and Van Brunt Streets

• Remsen Street between Court Street and Montague Terrace

• Sullivan Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End

• Summit Street between Van Brunt and Imlay Streets

• Tillary Street between Prince Street and Cadman Plaza West

• Van Brunt Street between Degraw Street and Dead End

• Van Dyke Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End

• Washington Street between York Street and Dead End

• Wolcott Street between Van Brunt Street and Dead End

• Water Street between Adams Street and Old Fulton Street

• York Street between Jay Street and Front Street

Additionally, Brooklyn Bridge will be fully closed from 2 p.m. Thursday, July 4 until 1 a.m. Friday, July 5. Manhattan Bridge may have intermittent closures throughout the day on July 4 at the discretion of the NYPD.



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<![CDATA[Moment of Panic at Hoboken Restaurant Caught on Camera]]>512279932Fri, 05 Jul 2019 20:16:58 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Moment_of_Panic_at_Hoboken_Restaurant_Caught_on_Camera.jpg

Cameras show people running to get out of Blue Eyes Restaurant, a result of one person running thinking they heard gunshots, and everyone else following suit. There were no gunshots, just fireworks, and thankfully no one was hurt in the madness. NBC 4 New York's Wale Aliyu reports.]]>
<![CDATA[July 4 in Photos: 70K Fireworks Light Up Brooklyn Bridge]]>512245571Fri, 05 Jul 2019 00:13:15 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/July4FireworksSMALL.gifThe 43rd Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks launched more than 70,000 shells and effects on and around the bridge for millions of spectators who flocked to NYC for the nearly half hour spectacle.

Photo Credit: NBC New York]]>
<![CDATA[Millions Watch Biggest Firework Display in NY History]]>512243452Thu, 04 Jul 2019 23:44:23 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Millions_Watch_Biggest_Firework_Display_in_NY_History.jpg

A rainbow of colors lit up the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge for the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, and some people waited hours just to get the perfect place to watch it all happen. NBC 4 New York's Michael George reports.]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Town Celebrates First Fireworks Show Since Sandy]]>512243632Fri, 05 Jul 2019 07:30:07 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NJ_Town_Celebrates_First_Fireworks_Show_Since_Sandy.jpg

It was an extra special July 4th for Sea Bright, who haven't had a fireworks display in the seven years since Superstorm Sandy nearly destroyed the town. NBC 4 New York's Brian Thompson reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Fireworks Scare Off First Responder's Therapy Dog]]>512243782Thu, 04 Jul 2019 23:43:50 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fireworks_Scare_Off_First_Responder_s_Therapy_Dog.jpg

A 9/11 first responder is now left frantically searching and hoping the dog that has helped her so many times is found after running away, getting scared during some fireworks in Yonkers. NBC 4 New York's Ken Buffa reports]]>
<![CDATA[Gridlock Getting to Jones Beach on Long Island]]>512235912Thu, 04 Jul 2019 19:18:30 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Gridlock_Getting_to_Jones_Beach_on_Long_Island.jpg

While it wasn't technically at capacity, unlike three other Long Island state parks, it sure felt like it for those who drove to Jones Beach for July 4th, with many facing hours of traffic just to get there. NBC 4 New York's Greg Cergol reports.]]>
<![CDATA[New Jersey Parks, Beaches Filled to Capacity for July 4]]>512235162Thu, 04 Jul 2019 21:22:13 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/crowded+beach+resized.jpg

Police had to turn people away from eight state parks and beaches in New Jersey as crowds rushed the shore and other areas across the state, and one beachside destination is hosting their first July 4th fireworks show since Superstorm Sandy. NBC 4 New York's Brian Thompson reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Countdown Is On for Macy's Fireworks at Brooklyn Bridge]]>512234952Thu, 04 Jul 2019 19:16:09 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/214*120/Countdown_Is_On_for_Macy_s_Fireworks_at_Brooklyn_Bridge.jpg

The crowds are all set and the NYPD is out in full force to protect the huge numbers of people who have come to see the biggest fireworks show in New York history — with some never-before-seen displays being shown. NBC 4 New York's Marc Santia and Michael George report.]]>
<![CDATA[Hot Dog Eating Contest Highlights Coney Island's July 4th]]>512233342Thu, 04 Jul 2019 19:14:37 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Hot_Dog_Eating_Contest_Highlights_Coney_Island_July_4th.jpg

Joey Chestnut did not disappoint the throngs of fans who made the trip to the famous Coney Island boardwalk for the annual event, scarfing down 71 hot dogs.NBC 4 New York's Erica Byfield reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Here Are the Best Spots to View NYC Fireworks]]>512233352Thu, 04 Jul 2019 19:10:57 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Here_Are_the_Best_Spots_to_View_NYC_Fireworks.jpg

Whether you're on the Brooklyn promenade, at a rooftop party, or lucky enough to have access to an apartment with Brooklyn Bridge views, there are a lot of spots to get the best views of the Macy's 4th of July fireworks spectacular. NBC 4 New York's Ida Siegal reports.]]>
<![CDATA[How to Keep Your Family and Pets Safe on July Fourth]]>512232422Thu, 04 Jul 2019 19:09:39 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/How_to_Keep_Your_Family_and_Pets_Safe_on_July_Fourth.jpg

Last year, fireworks caused about 9,100 injuries in the U.S. — here's a few ways you can keep your family, including your pets, safe this holiday. NBC 4 New York's Lynda Baquero reports.]]>
<![CDATA[One NJ City Thinks It Can Top NYC's Fourth of July]]>512232172Thu, 04 Jul 2019 19:08:29 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/One_NJ_City_Thinks_It_Can_Top_the_NYC_Fourth_of_July.jpg

While it may not be the traditional go-to spot for July 4th celebrations and gets overshadowed by its neighbor to the east, Jersey City is trying to steal a little of NYC's thunder by bringing in some top performers like Pitbull and Akon — and the biggest fireworks show in the state. NBC 4 New York's Chris Glorioso reports.]]>
<![CDATA[NY Halts Road, Bridge Construction Work for July 4th Weekend]]>512229432Thu, 04 Jul 2019 17:14:49 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Construction+Keep+Right+Sign+Generic+Resized.jpg

New York state is halting highway and bridge construction projects to make it easier for motorists to get to their destinations during the extended Fourth of July holiday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says most construction-related lane closures will be suspended Thursday morning through Monday morning.

Some essential or emergency work may continue, though the officials say they want to keep disruptions to a minimum to ease traffic flow.

The holiday is often one of the busiest times of the year on New York’s highways.

Cuomo also reminded motorists to prioritize safety by remaining alert, sober and focused behind the wheel.

AAA estimates that a record 48.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or farther for this year’s Independence Day holiday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York

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<![CDATA[Vets Pay 4th of July Flag Tribute at 9/11 Memorial]]>512222262Thu, 04 Jul 2019 12:17:00 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fourth+of+July+Flag+Tribute+911+Memorial.JPG

A group of volunteers and veterans took time from the traditional holiday barbecues and beach getaways to take part in another tradition.

Members of Team RWB, which stands for “Red, White and Blue,” paid tribute on Independence Day to those lost in the terror attacks of the World Trade Center by making their way to the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan early Thursday to place nearly 3,000 flags.

Marching from the Intrepid to the memorial with flags on hand, they placed one flag near each name engraved on the site. In total, the group placed 2,983 flags.

“Coming here and paying tribute to those that have fallen here during this event really lets us give something back to our community and really take pride in our country,” U.S. Army veteran Nicholas Pennola said.

The flag tribute has become an annual event for Team RWB.



Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut Eats 71 Hot Dogs to Win]]>512220002Thu, 04 Jul 2019 22:27:35 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Hot_Dog_Eating_Contest_Highlights_Coney_Island_July_4th.jpg

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut ate 71 wieners and buns to secure his 12th title at Nathan's Famous annual July Fourth hot dog eating contest.

In front of a crowd of fans and facing 17 opponents, the California native came close but didn't manage to beat his own record of 74 dogs, set last year. 

However, he far exceeded his nearest competitors.

Afterward, Chestnut said he was disappointed to not break his record, but planned to try again next year.

Reigning women's champion Miki Sudo had already won the women's competition by chomping down 31 hot dogs. She said she felt "wonderful" as she walked off the stage.

The 33-year-old fell short of her total last year of 37 frankfurters but earned her sixth consecutive title by easily beating runner-up Michelle Lesco, who wolfed down 26 hot dogs.

Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas holds the all-time women's record of 45 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Spectators with foam hot dog hats, plastic noisemakers and homemade signs descended on Coney Island's famed boardwalk for the contest.

"I'm super grateful for everybody who came out here to support," Sudo said.

ESPN released a documentary Tuesday featuring the rivalry between Chestnut and his longtime foe, Japan's Takeru Kobayashi, who no longer takes part in the contest.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York

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<![CDATA[Millions Gather in NYC to Watch Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks]]>512215412Thu, 04 Jul 2019 23:50:59 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fireworks+resized.jpg

Millions of revelers flocked to grab a spot on either side of the East River Thursday, hoping to get the best view of the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks that lit up the New York City skyline.

The nearly half hour spectacle made for a colorful display up and down the river, and especially at the Brooklyn Bridge, where the show began with a shower of sparkles raining down from the landmark.

As the sun set, red, white, and blue lights shone from several buildings in Lower Manhattan and along the Brooklyn waterfront.

While it is impressive every year, if this year's showing seemed even grander than usual, it's because it was. Organizers said 70,000 aerial shells were used for the giant display, 10,000 more than the next largest show.

The Macy's team said that the spectacle also had three times more firepower — launching 3,000 shells a minute. The colorful fireworks show was six months in the making, with the Macy's team first putting it to the test in the California desert.

This year's had some high-powered musical performances as well, with Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Derek Hough, Jennifer Hudson, Ciara and Khalid all performing before the big show — one of the biggest in the U.S.

The celebration of America's birthday went off without a hitch, largely thanks to the extensive efforts and preparations by the NYPD. The department kept the crowd safe using tools and tactics to monitor the ground, the skies and the water.

Police used a drone for the first time to keep an eye on the celebration, and had sensors set up to detect any unauthorized drones that would potentially crash the party. There were also several barricades and security checkpoints set up at viewing areas in Manhattan and Brooklyn, with cops checking bags for prohibited items.

The fireworks spectacular was so big that in addition to the Brooklyn Bridge, more than two dozen streets were closed ahead of the show. 

Around the city and on Long Island, police cracked down on illegal fireworks but Suffolk County police say two women, 44 and 45 years old, in Port Jefferson were injured Thursday night after a block party's fireworks exploded near their legs.

It wasn't immediately clear whether anyone was charged with a crime.

In a separate incident, a Farmingdale garage possibly caught on fire due to fireworks. The sound of the pyrotechnics exploding in the flames can be heard in a video.



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Activity Ban at Popular NJ Lake Still in Effect for July 4]]>512208982Thu, 04 Jul 2019 00:02:49 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/lake+hopatcong+resized.jpg

New Jersey environmental officials say people still shouldn't swim or do anything in Lake Hopatcong over the July Fourth weekend due to the presence of an extensive harmful algal bloom.

Recreational watersports such as personal watercraft use, water-skiing, paddle-boarding, canoeing or kayaking are all prohibited as the level of harmful algea is still too high.

People are also urged not eat fish caught in the lake or windsurf, kayak, paddleboard or ride Jet Skis there. Pet owners should also keep their animals clear of the lake.

Officials say the advisory could remain in place "for weeks, if not longer." They note several people have already gotten mild skin rashes from touching the water.

People along the lake began reporting blooms on June 17. Since then the Department of Environmental Protection says it's received 30 more reports of blooms in the 4-square-mile lake which straddles the border of Sussex and Morris counties.



Photo Credit: NBC 4 New York]]>
<![CDATA[Fourth of July Travel Underway Around the Region]]>512201562Wed, 03 Jul 2019 21:41:33 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Fourth_of_July_Travel_Underway_Around_the_Region.jpg

For those who were actually able to get out of the city before the traffic nightmare caused by the overturned truck, many found their commutes were not so bad. NBC 4 New York's Gaby Acevedo reports.]]>
<![CDATA[NYPD Prepares to Keep People Safe on July Fourth]]>512202352Wed, 03 Jul 2019 21:40:54 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NYPD_Prepares_to_Keep_People_Safe_on_July_Fourth.jpg

Police say they are going to keep their eyes on the ground, in the skies and under the waves in order to keep the millions of people who will be watching safe. This year's show poses new challenges, with the Brooklyn Bridge's role. NBC 4 New York's Marc Santia reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Jersey Shore Gets Ready for Busy Fourth of July]]>512201692Wed, 03 Jul 2019 21:40:12 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Jersey_Shore_Gets_Ready_for_Busy_Fourth_of_July.jpg

It's already been a great year for attendance at the Jersey shore, and with more hot weather on the way for the holiday weekend, it'll continue to be packed for the foreseeable future. NBC 4 New York's Ted Greenberg reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Final Preparations for Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks]]>512194932Wed, 03 Jul 2019 19:28:57 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Final_Preparations_for_Macy_s_Fourth_of_July_Fireworks.jpg

The fireworks spectacular is back at the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time in five years. NBC 4 New York's Jen Maxfield reports.]]>
<![CDATA[What to Know About July Fourth Fireworks Laws in NY, NJ, CT]]>512181011Wed, 03 Jul 2019 17:08:55 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/blur-bright-burnt-450301.jpg

With Independence Day just around the corner, the most googled topic relating to July Fourth has been fireworks — where to see them, where to buy them and how to use them.

For those that want to ditch the huge, crowded fireworks events and put on your own spectacular show right at home, there are a few legal things you need to know.

After 100 years of restrictive fireworks laws, New York state legalized the recreational purchase and usage of “sparkling devices” in 2014. New Jersey followed suit in 2017.

Before you get too excited, sparkling devices are still illegal in New York City and Nassau, Richmond and Schenectady counties unless you belong to an organization or association with the proper permits.

The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services defines sparkling devices as “ground-based or handheld devices that produce a shower of colored sparks and or a colored flame, audible crackling or whistling noise and smoke.”

This includes sparkling fountains, smoking devices, snakes, confetti-filled party poppers, paper-wrapped snappers and sparklers on wooden sticks. Note that sparklers on metal sticks are strictly prohibited.

That means setting off some of the pyrotechnics of your youth, like firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, spinners or any other aerial fireworks, may get you into major trouble.

In Connecticut, which legalized wooden sparklers in 2000, almost all pyrotechnics are still banned except for sparklers and non-aerial fountains.

Even if you are able to buy sparkling devices, they can only be purchased from July 1 to July 5 and December 26 to January 1 in New York.

According to New Jersey and Connecticut laws, the minimum age for legal usage of approved pyrotechnics is 16 years old.

In New York, no person under the age of 18 is allowed to handle sparkling devices under any circumstances. Any adult that allows a minor to handle a sparkling device can be charged with a crime. 

That’s right. If you hand off a sparkler to your child, you might be spending the rest of the holiday in the slammer or face fines of several hundred dollars — not the best way to celebrate America’s birthday.

For more information about fireworks rules and regulations, reach out to your local law enforcement.



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<![CDATA[Joey Chestnut Expecting 'a Battle' at Hot Dog Eating Contest]]>512181881Wed, 03 Jul 2019 18:29:44 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/CHESTNUT3.jpg

Eleven-time champion Joey Chestnut says he expects this year's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest to be "a battle."

But the 35-year-old Chestnut said Wednesday that he'll "find a rhythm and do what it takes" to win the Fourth of July eat-off in Brooklyn's beachside Coney Island neighborhood.

Chestnut joined other competitors at the Empire State Building for the weigh-in for Thursday's contest.

Chestnut weighed in at 216.5 pounds (98 kilos), while defending women's champion Miki Sudo weighed 114 pounds (52 kilos).

Chestnut ate 74 wieners and buns to claim the 2018 title. Sudo ate 37 to triumph on the women's side.

Thursday's top five winners of each gender will split $40,000. The two first-place winners will each earn $10,000.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC New York



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<![CDATA[A Giant Wiener: World Record Set in NYC for Biggest Hot Dog]]>511911611Fri, 28 Jun 2019 13:07:19 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/worldsbiggesthotdogfeltman.jpg

In 1867, Charles Feltman invented the hot dog. On the exact same day 152 years later, Feltman’s of Coney Island furthered its frankfurter innovation with the creation of the world’s largest wiener.

The hot dog began as 120 pounds of beef. It was then wrapped in plastic casing and smoked in a bathtub, nicknamed the “jacuzzi”. After smoking, it emerged a five foot long and one foot wide sausage. A 31-pound bun, baked by Michael’s Restaurant and Bakery in Brooklyn, was made to accompany the monster dog.

The hot dog was not just made to push the bounds of culinary limits, it was also created for a good cause. Feltman’s asked for a donation for every slice of hot dog given out. The money will go to Headstrong, a nonprofit organization that helps post 9/11 veterans who struggle with their mental health. This cause is important to the veteran owned company.

“I wanted to do something spectacular and monumental, because that’s the type of brand we are, but also, more importantly, I wanted to do something to help the vets,” said Feltman’s owner, Michael Quinn.

The hot dog was exhibited across from Ulysses Restaurant in the Financial District on Wednesday. In the above 80 degree heat, hungry spectators watched it slowly roast atop a charcoal grill. After around two hours of grilling, the dog was finally ready, and the cooked wiener and its bun came together to form a 66-pound completed hot dog.

With this weight, Feltman’s established the world record for largest hot dog. The company is planning to receive an official ruling from Guinness World Records in 12 weeks. Though its life was short, the giant frankfurter will surely go down in history.

Keep the message behind its creation in mind in the coming weeks, and thank the vets as you enjoy a hot dog this Independence Day.

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<![CDATA[NYC Fireworks Light Up 4th of July Night, Dazzle Millions]]>487371351Thu, 05 Jul 2018 02:20:25 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP+NYC+FIREWORKS2.jpgIt was a show of lights along the East River as millions gathered to celebrate the Fourth of July, America's 242nd birthday.

Photo Credit: APJulio Cortez]]>
<![CDATA[Best Spots to Watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks in NY, NJ]]>485938331Mon, 01 Jul 2019 10:43:39 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Macys+4th+of+July+Show.jpeg

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[NYC Fireworks Show Dazzles Millions on Fourth of July]]>487366541Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:17:36 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/180*120/AP_18186093882533.jpg

Millions lined the East River and watched the dazzling fireworks show on the Fourth of July. Gus Rosendale reports.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Mom and Daughter Compete in Hot Dog Eating Contest]]>487264231Tue, 03 Jul 2018 17:55:26 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Mom_and_Daughter_Compete_in_Hot_Dog_Eating_Contest.jpg

A New Jersey mother and daughter are making hot dog eating history by competing against one another. John Chandler reports.]]>
<![CDATA[The NYPD Makes Preps to Keep 4th of July Safe]]>487271001Tue, 03 Jul 2018 18:25:04 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/The_NYPD_Makes_Preps_to_Keep_4th_of_July_Safe.jpg

The NYPD's harbor unit is on high alert ahead of the Macy's 4th of July fireworks show. Jonathan Dienst reports.]]>
<![CDATA[NYC Ranked Best City for 4th of July Celebrations: Study]]>486494341Mon, 25 Jun 2018 21:22:29 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/4th+of+July+NYC.jpg

New York City has taken the top spot in WalletHub's ranking of best places for Fourth of July celebrations.

The personal finance website compared 100 of the largest U.S. cities based on how well they balance holiday cost and fun, focusing on 19 key metrics ranging from average beer and wine prices to duration of fireworks shows to weather.

New York City got the top spot in several of WalletHub's key metrics, including walkability, legality of fireworks, quantity of July 4th festivals and performances, and prevalance of affordable 4- and 5-star restaurants.

All of that contributed to it landing the no. 1 spot. Los Angeles and Chicago received the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively.

In addition to its city rankings, WalletHub also put together an infographic that breaks down the interesting statistics behind the country's most patriotic tradition.

The full list of rankings can be found here.  



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<![CDATA[Thousands Line East River for 2017 NYC Fireworks Show]]>432528063Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:16:44 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Thousands_Line_East_River_for_NYC_Fireworks_Show.jpg

Thousands of people descended on the shores of the East River on Tuesday ahead of the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. Gus Rosendale reports.]]>
<![CDATA[10 Fourth of July Events You Won't Regret Going to in NY, NJ]]>485940951Thu, 27 Jun 2019 16:56:14 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/macys+fireworks+show+cropped+7.jpgThe Fourth of July may be an important national holiday but it is also a day filled with stress. People want to have the best plans and see the best fireworks. Look no further, these are 10 of the most exciting things to do for the Fourth in New York and New Jersey.

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<![CDATA[Marist Poll Finds Many Americans Need a History Lesson]]>432524913Tue, 04 Jul 2017 19:15:35 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Marist_Poll_Finds_Many_Americans_Need_a_History_Lesson.jpg

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll has found that Americans could use some brushing up on their history. Nearly a quarter of Americans didn't know from which country we declared our independence, and 30 percent didn't know in which year. Ida Siegal reports.]]>
<![CDATA[NYC Street Closures for the 2018 Fourth of July Fireworks]]>487253071Tue, 03 Jul 2018 23:31:06 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/macys+fireworks2.jpg

The following streets will be closed Wednesday for the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks show:

MANHATTAN LOCATIONS

  • FDR Drive between the Brooklyn Bridge and East 63rd Street
  • FDR Drive Service Roads between Montgomery Street and 63rd Street
  • Montgomery Street between Cherry Street and FDR Drive
  • Delancey Street between Lewis Street and FDR Drive
  • East Houston Street between Baruch Place and FDR Drive
  • Avenue C between 13th Street and Avenue C Entrance Ramp to FDR Drive
  • Avenue C Entrance Ramps
  • East 6th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
  • 14th Street between Avenue C and Avenue B
  • Avenue C between East 16th Street and East 23rd Street
  • East 20th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 23rd Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
  • East 26th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 30th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • 30th Street Entrance Ramps
  • East 33rd Street between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue
  • East 34th Street between 2nd Avenue and FDR Drive
  • 34th Street Entrance Ramps
  • East 37th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 38th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 41st Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 42nd Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • 42nd Street Entrance Ramps
  • East 48th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 49th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
  • East 53rd Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive

QUEENS LOCATIONS 
  • Area bounded by 44th Drive on the North; Borden Avenue on the South; Vernon Boulevard on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
  • Center Boulevard between Borden Avenue and 54th Avenue
  • 2nd Street between Borden Avenue and Newtown Creek/Dead End
  • Vernon Boulevard between 54th Avenue and Newtown Creek/Dead End
  • 54th Avenue between Center Boulevard and Vernon Boulevard



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    <![CDATA[Stepped up Security for Macy's Fireworks Show in NYC]]>432526413Tue, 04 Jul 2017 18:56:47 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Stepped_up_Security_for_Macy_s_Fireworks_Show_in_NYC.jpg

    Thousands of NYPD officers were out in force Tuesday to keep spectators safe during the largest fireworks show in the country. Marc Santia reports.]]>
    <![CDATA[Tri-State Celebrates July 4 From East River to Jersey Shore]]>432540703Wed, 05 Jul 2017 01:05:09 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17186099464761.jpg

    Spectators lined the East River on Tuesday for the nation’s largest fireworks show, and along the shores of Long Island and New Jersey, beachgoers soaked in the sun on a beautiful July day.

    Across the tri-state, residents were getting into the spirit of the Fourth of July. The whiff of barbecues filled the air from the suburbs of North Jersey to the backyards of Brooklyn.

    Shortly after nightfall, more than 60,000 shells were used to light up the night sky above the city following a show by Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley and others. Shades of red and blue flashed off the faces of spectators as fireworks boomed above the East River and echoed through city streets. 

    Earlier on Tuesday, Macy’s promised the largest Fourth of July Spectacular in more than a decade.

    “It’s going to be the biggest show that we’ve seen, in terms of shells, since 2000,” said Susan Tercero, group vice president of brand and entertainment at Macy's.

    “We have five barges on the East River, the weather is gorgeous. It’s going to be a great show,” Tercero said.

    Thousands descended on the shorelines of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn to get a seat for the East River show. Some of them arrived early in the day, hours before the fireworks launched at 9:30 p.m.

    In Long Island City, spectators laid out blankets and propped up umbrellas at Gantry Plaza State Park. They lugged food and beach balls to the park’s grassy lawn or found their spot on one of the piers.

    “It blows your mind,” Sarah Ocampo said of the fireworks show as she hung out in the sunny park on Tuesday afternoon.

    Long Island City was considered the prime viewing point for this year’s show. Pyrotechnic barges shot fireworks off along a stretch of the East River from Kips Bay to the UN building, between 24th and 41st streets.

    With 3 million spectators expected to line the East River, the NYPD stepped up security. In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in France, Britain and Germany, police used concrete blockers and sand trucks to protect areas where crowds gathered.

    The NYPD’s counter terrorism unit, Critical Response Command, took the lead in keeping the city safe. The highly trained men and women spread out at strategic locations — from viewing points along the East River, to Trump Tower and Times Square.

    The NYPD also used K9 units to sniff through crowds, fast boats to do radiological sweeps of boats, and cameras to monitor suspicious vehicles.

    “I really appreciate the NYPD doing their hard work, and I think the presence of police is needed,” Stephanie Arpi said.

    In Lower Manhattan, hundreds of American flags lined the reflection pools at the Sept. 11 memorial, creating a sea of red, white and blue. 

    And in Coney Island, reigning hot dog-eating champion Joey Chestnut won the Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dog eating competition. He trounced the competition by eating 72 dogs and buns, besting his previous Coney Island record of 70 dogs in 10 minutes.

    Nearby, thousands of people packed the beaches of Coney Island on a sunny day when high temperatures reached the low 80s.

    On Long Island, boating safety patrols were in full effect, especially near Jones Beach, which holds a large fireworks show set to patriotic songs.

    Boating on the Fourth of July has gotten so popular, that some boaters have opted to stay at the dock. Angela Paul, of North Massapequa, is one of them.

    “A lot of boats, a lot of people going this way and that way,” Paul said. “It’s just not safe for us anymore.”

    Other longtime boaters docked near Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh agreed.

    “There’s so many boaters out there, that it gets to be worse than the Long Island Expressway at rush hour,” said Joe Blozis, of Massapequa.

    In 2012, an overcrowded boat capsized near Oyster Bay and three children drowned.

    In New Jersey, some residents spent the day at Jersey Shore beaches. But the crowds were sparser than usual. Tuesday’s celebrations come on the heels of a chaotic Fourth of July weekend that saw the state’s government shut down and the closure of state beaches and parks. Although they had reopened by Tuesday, many said the damage was already done.

    The three-day shutdown hurt beach businesses, including Shore and More in Seaside Park.

    “We were down 40 percent, or somewhere in that range,” said Dominick Solazzo. “Talking to some of the other business owners in town, the surf shop said it was the worst in 18 years.”

    In Jersey City, residents were disappointed that the government shutdown forced the city's Fourth of July celebration to move from Liberty State Park to Exchange Place, in the downtown.

    “I think it’s a joke,” said Jeanette Cuadro, of Jersey City. “I think the politicians should stop playing games and do for the people.”

    Despite the move, the show went off without a hitch and many spectators said they were impressed with the One World Trade Center backdrop the new location provided. 

    Gov. Chris Christie was caught the ire of many residents during and after the shutdown, especially after photos taken by the state’s largest newspaper, The Star-Ledger, showed the governor hanging out with his family on a state beach shut down to the public.

    “Seeing the last couple days of him being on the beach here and not allowing anybody else to be on the beach is pretty disgusting in my book,” said John Sotelo, of Forked River.

    For others, the change of venue didn't matter because spending the night with loved ones is what's important. 

    "For me it's just being here spending quality time with my family," Krystal Austin of Newark said. 

    Despite the spectacle of the political previous days, people still managed to get into the summer holiday spirit. On a beach in Seaside Heights, someone built a giant sand sculpture of Gov. Christie lounging in a chair, a tribute to a viral photo of the governor lounging on a beach closed to the public amid the budget impasse. Beachgoers took photos with the sculpture and splashed in the ocean nearby. By nightfall, the sculpture was destroyed.



    Photo Credit: AP]]>
    <![CDATA[NYPD Gets Ready for Fourth of July Fireworks]]>432384243Tue, 04 Jul 2017 16:04:36 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/NYPD_Gets_Ready_for_Fourth_of_July_Fireworks.jpg

    The NYPD is placing hundreds of vehicles on streets across the city to protect spectators watching the Fourth of July fireworks. Checkey Beckford reports.]]>
    <![CDATA[As Fireworks Move up River, Businesses Left Behind]]>432350153Mon, 03 Jul 2017 21:13:10 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fireworksssssssss.jpg

    The sky over the East River will light up with fireworks Tuesday in celebration of July 4. But a change in plans this year is bad news for businesses in Lower Manhattan. Roseanne Colletti reports. ]]>
    <![CDATA[How to Watch Macy's Fireworks Show Live Wherever You Are]]>432268743Tue, 04 Jul 2017 04:45:03 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/macys+fireworks.jpg

    The 41st annual Macy's 4th of July fireworks show over the East River promises to be the country's largest display in more than a decade, with 60,000-plus shells launched from five barges.

    Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow and Charlie Puth join the star-studded roster for the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular special on NBC, airing Tuesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET with an hour-long encore presentation to follow.  

    You can live stream the show on NBCNewYork.com on your desktop or laptop computer or your mobile device by clicking on this link (http://www.nbcnewyork.com/live). You can also watch the coverage on our free app -- download it from iTunes here or from Google Play here. All you need is your TV service provider’s username and password.

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    <![CDATA[12 Fourth of July Events and Specials in NY and NJ]]>431553583Tue, 04 Jul 2017 12:25:06 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/070217+fireworks+generic+people+watching.jpg

    The Fourth of July is here and what better way to celebrate than with food, drinks, family and fireworks? Check out these twelve events happening in the tri-state area, where you can find all of the above and more.

    New York

    The Dutch in Soho is hosting its annual Fourth of July all-day luau. There will be special luau-only menu items, including fresh tuna poke and macadamia mai tais to sip on. The restaurant's holiday hours are 11 a.m. through 9 p.m. 

    Midnights in Brooklyn is hosting a Fourth of July barbecue. They are featuring homemade jello shots and other food and drink specials. Their event is running from 1 p.m. unt. Additionally, they will have games and be sure to grab a seat on the rooftop to see the fireworks.

    Syndicated in Bushwick is fittingly showing the movie Independence Day on the Fourth of July. Tickets are priced at $4 and showtimes are at 6:20 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. They are featuring food and drink specials for the 4th that can be easily ordered from your seat.

    The Heights at the Arlo Nomad hotel is having a rooftop Fourth of July party. Tickets are priced at $70 which includes unlimited BBQ food as well as beer, wine and frose. They are offering an afternoon session from 2-5pm as well as an evening session from 6-9pm. NBC New York's Lauren Scala, gave her review of the Heights here.

    If you want to be on the water this holiday, head to the Brooklyn Barge’s Fourth of July party. Ticket prices start at $50 for standing room, which includes two drink tickets, and go up to $250 dollars, which includes dinner, drinks and a place to sit. 

    The William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn is hosting a party on the Fourth of July at its green space near the waterfront. Tickets cost a fitting $17.76. Burgers, fries, drinks and ice cream will be available for purchase from their food truck, Mister Dips.

    Dominique Ansel Kitchen is offering up a special Fourth of July treat. From July 1-4, you can get a slice of watermelon filled with watermelon soft serve ice cream and topped with chocolate watermelon “seeds” for $10. This is sure to be an Instagram-worthy dessert.

    If you’re in the mood for a picnic this holiday weekend, order a basket for $50 from Walter’s in Brooklyn. The picnic basket will feed two and have fried chicken, salads, root beer and brownies. The best thing about this picnic lunch is that all of the proceeds go to Hunger Free America.

    On July 2, Atlantic Social in Brooklyn is hosting a pig roast. Tickets are $25 for all you can eat and an additional $15 to make the event all you can drink. The event starts at noon.

    New Jersey

    Long Branch's 27th annual Oceanfest will take place Tuesday, July 4. The family-friendly event will run from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., according to the event's Facebook page. The day will feature musical performances, food vendors and be capped off with a fireworks display.

    There will be a kite flying competition outside of the Ocean City Music Pier this Fourth of July with entertainment and fireworks to follow. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. 

    The Annual Jersey City Fireworks and Freedom festival will be held in Exchange Place, a downtown section of Jersey City. The event has food trucks, games, live music and a beer garden. Be sure to bring chairs or a blanket for the fireworks display.




    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Best Viewing Spots for Fourth of July Fireworks in NYC]]>430365283Mon, 03 Jul 2017 09:48:48 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/fireworks+watch.jpg

    If you're looking for the best place to watch fireworks this year, you won't run out of options. 

    The "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular" will once again return to the East River, making for great viewing spots across three of New York City's five boroughs. But there will also be some pretty great displays in other parts of the city and throughout the tri-state. 

    Despite all the options, revelers will face crowds as tens of thousands look to the skies. Here are some of the area's best places to see various fireworks displays:

    Brooklyn

    • Grand Ferry Park, Williamsburg: The waterfront park in Williamsburg may be a little far away from the top viewing locations for the Macy's fireworks, but you should still be able to see them from a distance away from the crowds. 

    Manhattan

    • FDR Drive: How often can you say you got to walk on the FDR? Public viewing will be set up along elevated portions of the FDR Drive. The lanes will be opened to the public around 7 p.m. with access at Houston, 23rd, 34th and 42nd streets.
      • East River Park, Lower East Side: The large park should be another great place to see the display.

      Queens

      • Gantry Plaza State Park, Long Island City: One of the few places in Queens to catch the fireworks, so get there early.

      New Jersey 

      • Hoboken, Weehawken and other towns: Get away from the New York City crowds, and still catch some great displays.



        Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
        <![CDATA[10 Fourth of July Fireworks Shows to Catch in the Tri-State]]>430348253Sun, 02 Jul 2017 09:40:04 -0400Macy's Fireworks display can be viewed around the city at 9:30 p.m. from different parks and rooftops in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

        Looking for the best place to catch the show? We've got you covered.]]>
        Macy's Fireworks display can be viewed around the city at 9:30 p.m. from different parks and rooftops in lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.

        Looking for the best place to catch the show? We've got you covered.]]>
        https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/AP_17152814816111-liverpool-sgt-peppers.jpg
        The Fourth of July just isn't the same without taking in a fireworks display. Here's a look at 10 fireworks displays to check out across the tri-state area.

        Photo Credit: Peter Byrne/PA via AP]]>
        <![CDATA[NYC Street Closures for the 2017 Fourth of July Fireworks]]>431772383Tue, 04 Jul 2017 04:43:51 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/macys+fireworks2.jpg

        The following streets will be closed Tuesday for the Macy's Fouth of July fireworks show:

        MANHATTAN LOCATIONS

        • FDR Drive between Battery Park Underpass and East 63rd Street
        • South Street between Whitehall Street and Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place
        • FDR Drive Service Roads between Cherry Street and 63rd Street
        • Water Street between Whitehall Street and Fulton Street
        • Pearl Street between Fulton Street and Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place
        • Whitehall Street between Water Street and South Street
        • Broad Street between Water Street and South Street
        • Old Slip between Water Street and South Street
        • Robert F. Wagner Sr. Place between Pearl Street and South Street
        • Cherry Street between Jackson Street and FDR Drive
        • Delancey Street between Lewis Street and FDR Drive
        • East Houston Street between Baruch Place and FDR Drive
        • East 6th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
        • East 10th Street between Avenue D and FDR Drive
        • Avenue C between East 16th Street and East 20th Street
        • East 20th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
        • East 23rd Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
        • East 26th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
        • East 30th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue C
        • East 33rd Street between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue
        • East 34th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
        • East 37th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
        • East 38th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
        • East 41st Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
        • East 42nd Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
        • East 48th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
        • East 49th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
        • East 53rd Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive
        BROOKLYN LOCATIONS
        • Area bounded by Atlantic Avenue on the South; Old Fulton Street on the North;
        • Hicks Street on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
        • Old Fulton Street between Hicks Street and Prospect Street
        • Cadman Plaza West between Prospect Street and Tillary Street
        • Front Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street
        • Water Street between Old Fulton Street and Jay Street
        QUEENS LOCATIONS 
        • Area bounded by 44th Drive on the North; Borden Avenue on the South; Vernon Boulevard on the East; East River on the West (All Inclusive)
        • Center Boulevard between Borden Avenue and 54th Avenue
        • 2nd Street between Borden Avenue and Newtown Creek/Dead End
        • Vernon Boulevard between 54th Avenue and Newtown Creek/Dead End
        • 54th Avenue between Center Boulevard and Vernon Boulevard




          Photo Credit: NBC 4 NY]]>
          <![CDATA[Fourth of July Entertaining Ideas]]>385076801Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:36:36 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/233*120/july+4.PNG

          Lifestyle Expert Margaret Josephs stops by with easy and affordable ideas for your 4th of July party.]]>
          <![CDATA[Macy's 2016 Fireworks Spectacular in Pictures]]>385496781Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:16:03 -0400https://media.nbcnewyork.com/images/213*120/Bognar+3.jpgMore than a million spectators in New York City braved a light sprinkle of rain as they watched Macy's annual July Fourth fireworks display. The nearly 30-minute-long show Monday featured dazzling blues, reds and whites among other colors from the more than 56,000 pyrotechnic shells launched from barges in the East River.]]>